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October, 2002

This issue of our BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association e-Newsletter outlines the University's firstinternational basketball tournament. The E-newsbytes section also includes other BYU-Hawaii sports news, preliminary notices of the University's upcoming "golden jubilee" and the Polynesian Cultural Center's 40th anniversary, and alumni involvement in "what's new" at BYU-Hawaii. As usual, this issue also includes alumni chapter news, with focus on the big event in Los Angeles, and personal update feedback from your classmates.

It's a great pleasure, and an honor, to work with you. I encourage each of you, wherever it's practical, to get involved with your local alumni chapter. Also, please fill out those donation cards you recently received in the mail, and return them. We are striving to increase the percentage of alumni who have given back to BYU-Hawaii. Until next issue, Manuia!

Mike Foley ('70, TESL)
Newsletter Editor and Alumni Association President

 


E-newsbytes

Seasiders to host international basketball tournament:

The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team will launch their first 2002-03 preseason games against three international teams on November 15-16th in the Cannon Activities Center during the University's new Asia-Pacific Basketball Classic.

 

The Classic, which is co-sponsored by thePolynesian Cultural Center, will include Kinki University from Osaka, Japan; a Shanghai, China university; and the Fijian national team.

On the first day of the Classic, the Fijian team will go up against the Shanghai players at 6:00 p.m., and BYU-Hawaii will take on Kinki at 8:00. The consolation teams will play at 6:00 p.m. on the 16th, and the championship match will be held at 8:00. An audio feed of the games is available over the Internet. BYU-TV will also videotape the games for international rebroadcast at a later date.

"We look forward to having teams of this caliber come from around the Pacific Rim to play our Seasiders, and we're even more interested in the important relationships we can continue to develop through athletics," said Keith Roberts, BYU-Hawaii Vice President of Academics, who oversees athletics.

"With more than 40% of our students from outside the U.S., and with most of them coming from Asia and the Pacific islands, this type of tournament makes sense for us," Roberts said.

"We're very excited about this concept of a preseason tournament that turns into an international event. As far as we know, nothing like this has ever been attempted before, where pre-season games are placed into a tournament format," added BYU-Hawaii Athletic Director Randy Day.

Day explained that the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) allows each member team in the U.S. to host two pre-season basketball games that do not count toward its season record.

BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said he's also looking forward to the new tournament. "Our target area is Asia, so we're excited about having some teams come from there."

Though he's generally familiar with the level and quality of basketball in Asia and the Pacific islands, Wagner admitted he doesn't know much about the teams that are coming. "Some of these teams have excellent players. I've also watched the Oceanic Games in Fiji, so it should be interesting." The coach added that the other teams "are in the middle of their seasons, so they're also playing better."

Wagner said that BYU-Hawaii has already established relationships with universities and other entities throughout Asia and the Pacific islands, both academically and in athletics. For example, several BYU-Hawaii coaches have conducted clinics for coaches and players around the Pacific Rim, and the Seasider basketball team has played "home-and-home" games with Yonsei University of Korea.

As with the overall student body, a large percentage of BYU-Hawaii student athletes come from other countries.

In other BYU-Hawaii sports news:

Western New Mexico played the spoiler role on Oct. 22nd, handing the BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team its second defeat of the season. The loss brings the Seasiders' record to 17-2, and may damage the team's 4th place ranking in the national American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, although the non-conference game will not affect the Seasider's Pac-West standing at 6-1.

The 18th-ranked BYU-Hawaii men's water polo team defeated Chaminade 10-9 in their first-ever home match on Oct. 19th.  The win brings the Seasiders to 10-8 for the season.

BYU-Hawaii's Steve Soelberg may have only finished seventh at the recent Hawaii Pacific Invitational but he ran the 10K well enough to put himself at the top of the Seasider record book: 34:15, or eight seconds better than the previous best at BYU-Hawaii set by Kyle Briggs last year at the NCAA II Regional. For the Lady harriers, Chelsea Smith ran the second fastest 6K in BYU-Hawaii history with a second-place finish time of 22:40, or 16 seconds off the Seasider record set by Melody Sheppard at the HPU Invitational in 1999.

BYU-Hawaii tennis players Jan Krejci and Adrienn Hegedus won their respective NCAA Division II singles titles at the Omni Hotels Small College National Tournament in Corpus Christi, TX, on Oct. 19th. Both players retired from their semifinal matches in the Small College Superbowl rather than advance to the finals — which pitted champs from each NCAA division against each other — scheduled on the following Sunday. Krejci, in addition to his Division II championship, also won the tournament's sportsmanship award.

In past years, the Small College Superbowl accommodated BYU-Hawaii's desire to avoid Sunday play, but this year refused to work out a compromise. 

BYU-Hawaii Head Coach Dave Porter said the team was very happy to have won the Division II titles and have placed third in both doubles, but was understandably disappointed that the tournament committee couldn't work something out to allow the Seasiders to compete in the Superbowl. "It's very important to us to maintain our beliefs regarding Sunday play," he said.

 

Mark your calendars, make your plans

BYU-Hawaii Golden jubilee:

To prepare for BYU-Hawaii's golden jubilee in 2005, the President's Council recently named Pacific Institute Director Vernice Wineera ('77, English) and Deputy Chief Information Officer Rex Frandsen ('68, Business Management) as co-chairs of the event. Wineera and Frandsen said other committee and sub-committee members will help plan and conduct the event, and it should be spectacular, along the lines of the '97 Pioneers in the Pacificconference — but even better.

PCC's 40th anniversary:

The Polynesian Cultural Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, with details to be announced later.

 

Center employees observed the PCC's 39th anniversary on Oct. 12th with a run/walk, Polynesian aerobics, a cheer contest, and other fun games. Then, at a Sunday, Oct. 13th fireside in the IMAXª Theater, Elder R. Lanier Britsch shared the New Zealand chapter of the 40-year history he and T. David Hannemann are putting together. Hannemann, the first official employee and longtime unofficial historian of the PCC, also shared stories about the Center's earliest years, praising Church College of Hawaii faculty members Dr. Jerry K. Loveland and Wylie Swapp for their early work. In one of many stories that evening, Hannemann told how Swapp had Edward L. Clissold, who was on his way to Salt Lake City to seek approval for the project, paged at the Honolulu airport so he could suggest the name Polynesian Cultural Center.

Hannemann also recognized Laie Stake President Howard B. Stone, the Center's first managing director, for uniting the community and getting them to help put on finishing touches before the Center's opening on Oct. 12, 1963. He also praised the many islanders who played key roles, including the Tapusoa and Logan families, who had been active in putting on the Laie Hukilau.

Britsch and Hannemann plan to have the book ready in time for the Center's 40th anniversary next year.

2003 BYU-Hawaii Homecoming:

The next BYU-Hawaii Homecoming will be held February 12-16, 2003, with details to come.

 

Natural History "diamond"

Alumnus Phil Bruner ('70, Biological Science) was recently featured in a BYU-Hawaii "What's New" article on the University's Museum of Natural History. Bruner and his wife,Andrea Gooding Bruner ('00, Biological Science), spend part of their summers in Alaska, researching the Pacific Golden Plover, or Kolea.

"What's New" also recently featured two other alumni who now teach at BYU-Hawaii:Peter Chan ('95, IS), who is with the School of Education, focusing on preparing teachers for Asia; and Bill Hsu ('79, Travel Industry Management) who is helping School of Business students with internships and opportunities in Asia.

 

Alumni Updates

Chapter Info

 
Over 400 alumni and friends got together in L.A.

Los Angeles:
Over 400 alumni and friends attended the Los Angeles chapter event on September 21st, which was held at Westwood Park behind the Temple. Even the light rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm generated by the alumni getting together and the Polynesian Cultural Center promo team performance.

Earlier in the day, the LDS Church Public Affairs Department sponsored a barbecue for the West Coast diplomatic corps at a ranch in nearby Malibu. "There was such a good feeling toward the Church," reported BYU-Hawaii Vice President of University Advancement Napua Kalama Baker ('59). "The promo team and local Saints set up mini-Polynesian villages. It was wonderful."

Baker also praised L.A. chapter chairs Dean ('83, Construction Supervision) and Cynthia Schwenke ('81). "I felt that Dean and Cynthia Schwenke and Rowena Reid ('76, Social Work) did a great job publicizing the event. The alumni were so excited. They feel the bonding that's still there, and their memories of BYU-Hawaii are still sweet."

Reid, our Alumni Association Director, reported she "saw a lot of alumni I hadn't seen before, and there was a lot of representation from different ages. I also saw people I hadn't seen in years."

A number of Los Angeles alumni shared their mana'o (comments):

Ilaisaane Popua Fineanganofo ('91, History/Political Science), who has worked as a research coordinator for the past 10 years in a Long Beach hospital, said, "BYU-Hawaii has helped me tremendously. That's where I joined the Church after my first year in college. Then I went on a mission, and now I'm serving in the Primary presidency. BYU-Hawaii has prepared me spiritually and intellectually, and I love it. I miss it. I will never forget the spiritual life that I encountered there, and what I learned to help my family."

"Everything that I am today, and everything that I know about myself, I owe to BYU-Hawaii and PCC," said Robert Kumar ('01, IS), who works in the ATM department of a large bank. "Being able to live and work with people from different cultures has helped me. It has made me humble in so many ways. Customer service is something I have to do in my job, and I want to thank PCC and The Gateway where I learned to serve with a smile on my face."

Nalani Radeira ('86, Music Performance) works as a freelance choreographer and also teaches part-time in the El Camino College theater department. "BYU-Hawaii increased and made my foundation in the Church stronger. Going to BYU-Hawaii helped me to live in the world, but have spirituality behind me."

David G. Johnson ('75, Speech & Dramatic Arts) recalled how he was working for Campus Housing, and had to help pick up people at the airport, including Annette Larson Johnson ('72), who came for a summer term and soon married Dave. "Our first children were born there, twins," he said. "I can't say enough about the respect I have for the University."

"BYU-Hawaii has blessed my whole family tremendously," said Asipeli Malu('76), who was a dorm parent in Hale 4 from 1975-80.

Michelle Chen-Ying Lau Chung ('84, Business Management), who is originally from Hong Kong, now works as an insurance claims adjuster in L.A. "I treasure the time I spent in BYU-Hawaii. I have eight brothers and sisters, and six of us graduated from there. It was like part of our family. Without BYU-Hawaii, we wouldn't be what we are today, or have such unity in our family." He sibling graduates include MichaelPriscillaGregoryStevenand Irene Lau.

"I have experienced the vision of David O. McKay," said Adora "Dorie"Victorino ('82, Travel Industry Management), who works with neurosurgeons. "The soul of the school has helped me so much in my life. It was the stepping stone that gave me the opportunity to experience different cultures and appreciate the gospel."

Washington:
Ben Lim ('89, Information Systems) recently announced that the Washington Chapterscholarship web page is "finally official." In addition to the clean look, Ben and co-chairCathy Hosack Lim ('84) have devised an interesting prize drawing to incentivize donations. Check it out.

Utah:
The Provo and Salt Lake City chapters have been combined into the new Utah Chapter, with David Settle ('76, Accounting) and his wife, Sue McDonald Settle ('92) named as co-chairs. Given the size of the chapter, the Settles said they plan to set up a local board to help them. Dave works with international students at BYU and Sue is studying for her real estate license. Fa'afetai tele lava to outgoing Salt Lake chapter chairs Oliana Fiso Tuia ('87) and her sister, Dofi Fiso Fa'asou ('78), for their kokua.

Hong Kong:
This just in before deadline: The Hong Kong chapter has a new chairman, Wayne Wai Tong Shek ('94, Art). Several members of the BYU Management Society chapter in Hong Kong are also BYU-Hawaii alumni, including Bill Lok Ka Shum ('95), chairman; Jason Chun Wai Lam ('91), 1st vice chair; Eric Shui Sang Tam ('94), 2nd vice chair; and Doris Wah Pai, a '99 BYU grad. BYU and BYU-Hawaii share some of the international chapters, especially in Asia and the Pacific.

 

Personal Updates

1950s & 60s

One of our earliest alumni, Cecilia Adolpho Fong, who was among the first associate's degree graduates from Church College of Hawaii in '57, took time off from her career job at the U.S. Post Office to also become one of the first BYU-Hawaii graduates ('75, Elementary Education). "Ceci" is now a service missionary at the Polynesian Cultural Center, and still sings beautifully.

Two other early alumni, Bill Montgomery ('55) and his wife, Gladys Kanani Moikeha('57), recently updated their records: Bill worked in Torrance, CA, from 1960-80, and then they returned home. The couple now lives in Kapolei. Bill retired as an assistant events manager at Aloha Stadium in 1995.

Irene Tukuafu ('64) e-mailed that she read "every word" in the latest issue of BYU Magazine which reminded her of the 23 years she and her husband, Tomasi Tukuafu('67, Biological Science), lived in Punalu'u Valley and raised their 14 children. Irene and Tomasi now live in Payson, UT.

BYU-Hawaii Magazine also prompted former Church College of Hawaii President J. Owen Cook to write: "Sister Cook and I are well. Our family and temple service are our main interests. Since retirement we have served a proselyting mission in the Venezuela-Caracas Mission, and a temple mission in New Zealand. President Cook said he still keeps up with Laie news through his daughter, Alice Cook Enos ('88, Elementary Education), who teaches at Kahuku Elementary School, and son-in-law, Peter Enos ('94, Organizational Development) of Hauula.

"Pain Barrier" and other CCH alumni will be saddened to hear that Coach John Lowellpassed away Oct. 11th. In addition to his championship work in rugby and men's volleyball, Coach Lowell was also responsible for getting CCH affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The BYU-Hawaii Athletics program honored Coach Lowell two years ago for his contributions. While a CCH professor, Lowell initiated the particularly grueling training regimen nicknamed the "pain barrrier" for varsity athletes.

1970s

 
Closed classes, 1971 registration

Rosita Ah Ching Jasper ('73, TESL), now lives in Taylorsville, UT, and is president of her own distribution company in Salt Lake City.

Albert To'o ('74 , Biological Science), who is a consulting engineer with his own firm, recalls looking forward to Saturdays during his CCH days when "rugby was the sport of the time. My professors — Drs. Dalton, Andersen, Miles, Wrathall, Berrett, etc. — are all gone now, but I will never forget their influences in my life. Very few students pursue a major in the sciences because of the intensity and academic demand, but those men gave me the encouragement and the plan not to fail." To'o and his wife, Joy Yueh Chang ('74, Math/Music), live in Arcadia, CA.

Luse Tapusoa Magalei ('76, Office Management) recently updated her records: She let us know she worked for almost 20 years at PCC and is now retired. She and her husband, Tufi, live in Hauula.

"I sure loved my one semester at BYU-Hawaii — one of the most wonderful experiences of my life," wrote Cindy Richardson Williams ('77), a stay-at-home mom, harpist and author in Gilbert, AZ.

1980s

Vaunda Barrus ('84) e-mailed that she is "back in the home of my youth for several years now in little ol' Gooding, ID. I teach ESL in a middle school to all Latinos. I also teach adult ed. ESL for The College Of Southern Idaho. I can thank BYU-Hawaii for giving me that type of experience to use as a career."

Toni (Harmony) Powell Samways ('87) is studying in Brisbane, Australia, to become a naturopath. She wrote if she could do it over again, she would "try harder not to lose touch with so many people." For example, she's looking for her friend, Norma Tui Langi ('87).

Carol Jaros ('88) now teaches business communications at Hawaii Pacific University, works with their SIFE program, and next year plans to start doctoral studies in educational leadership through USC.

Heidi Tutasi Te'o Chipman ('89, History-Government), who now lives in Belgrade, MT, said she "learned to love people" at BYU-Hawaii. "Thank you to all my BYUH roommates and friends. I couldn't have learned that lesson without you."

1990s

Keenan Adcock ('90, Communication Studies) really loves getting BYU-Hawaii Magazine: "As soon as I receive my copy, I force myself to do other things around the house; otherwise, I will have spent an hour or so reading the entire magazine and neglect everything else. Although I graduated with my A.A. from BYU-Hawaii and completed my B.A. from BYU, I feel a greater affinity toward BYU-Hawaii. When I meet old classmates or other BYU-Hawaii alumni, we have an instant bond of friendship. What a wonderful place BYU-Hawaii is!"

Nephi Prime ('90, Political Science), who recently visited the Polynesian Cultural Center where he worked until '94, reported he is studying international relations at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and working as a trust project manager helping Maori "present petitions to the Waitangi Tribunal set up to settle land claims. As I look back on my years in Laie, it's a very important place, where we learned about getting along with one another in the international arena. This is an awesome opportunity for the students."

"BYUH was one of the best experiences of my life," said Robert McKee ('91, Political Science), a teacher in Lemon Grove, CA. I made the best friends in the world, and the aloha spirit is still with me. Mahalo to all. Thank you, Laie."

Sydni Frasure Hair ('91, Organizational Development) wrote: "I miss Laie and the incredible people that live in the community soooo much. You never truly appreciate people until you can't be around them any more. I received just as much, if not more, of my education from the families of Laie, the students/my dear friends, and the wonderfully loving Polynesian people. I enjoyed working for PCC for the 8 years I was there and meeting some of this world's truest gems. Laie, PCC and all the friends and 'ohana there and around the world, I miss you. You will always have a very special place in my heart."

The mayor of Woods Cross City, UT, recently appointed Lisa Bradshaw Schloemer ('92, Office Management) to the civic board of adjustments to work with the planning commission on private development. Earlier this year she helped her city host Korean athletes and dignitaries during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and then went on to do volunteer work with the Paralympics, among her other community interests. Lisa was raised in Laie where her parents — Jeanie ('79) and Dr. James Bradshaw of the BYU-Hawaii School of Business — still live.

"I don't think I can even begin to explain what BYU-Hawaii has done for me," wroteSydette Walker Squire ('92), who now lives in Gladstone, OR. "I still get homesick for that place, and it's been eight years since I left. The cultural appreciation, friendships, understanding, and expanded horizons it gave me have been invaluable. I especially appreciate the sacrifices and contributions my professors and bishop made to enrich my life. The insights into history, the arts, psychology, etc., still affect how I look at things and how I teach our children."

Haylay Mayall ('95, IS & Computer Science) is now an assistant professor at the University of Texas San Antonio.

Michelle Robertson ('95), who now lives in Salt Lake City, recently wrote , "Who knew that the Tongan Club would prepare me for serving in the United States Peace Corps/Tonga!"

John Hester ('96, Business Information Management) works as director of training and development for Nike in Beaverton, OR, and is a workshop facilitator. Hester taught full-time in the School of Business during his junior and senior years.

Sara Durden ('99, Information Systems), is a United Airlines flight attendant based in London, England: "Besides an excellent education, the cultural diversity offered at BYU-Hawaii has helped me with everyday customer relations. I feel like I can understand and share with other people from a variety of cultures."

2000s

Melanie McKinney  ('00, TESOL), who is currently a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii, recently said, "I will be forever grateful for my time, education and experiences at BYU-Hawaii. It was there that I gained my own testimony, was influenced by great leaders and friends to serve a mission, which forever changed my life. I say my heart is half-Hawaiian, half-Asian; because these are the places I have really learned to love serving people. Hawaii will always be dear to my heart because of BYU-Hawaii."

Daniel Siebert ('00, Information Systems) is one of eight Americans assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Swaziland, Africa, as a technical systems support person. Siebert's wife,Cherice Elledge Siebert ('96, Business Management), and baby Kai are with him.

Former MIS worker Laura Spencer Tongi ('00, Information Systems) now works for IBM in the San Francisco Bay area while her husband, Esaiasi Siope Tongi ('00, Mathematics) is working on his master's in civil engineering at San Jose State. Laura has put together aTongi family website.

Jake Hinckley ('01, Cultural Studies) and his wife, Sailini Douglas ('98) live in Tucson, AZ, where he teaches in the Oro Valley Seminary program.

Ann Sui-Lan Wishart ('01, English) wrote to say she couldn't attend the L.A. chapter event because she was moving that day to Camarillo, but she wanted to update her alumna profile "because I love receiving the updates, magazines, and wanted to make sure I'm not missing what's going on back in Laie. And yes...I have a great career, thanks to my BYU-Hawaii degree!"

Jamie Lynn Price Johnston ('01, Exercise and Sports Science) now lives in Escondido, CA, and wrote, "I loved my experience at BYU-Hawaii. Being there taught me so much about the gospel, myself and others. Not only did I further my education, but I also learned how to be a better person. My testimony grew and I gained many lifelong friends while a student. I wouldn't trade my two-and-a-half years there for anything."

Dahlia O'Neil ('02, International Business Management) and her husband, Jeremy O'Neil('93) live in North Pole, AK, where she's an office coordinator in a Fairbanks hospital.